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To Horace Mann
time; but till the conveyance is absolutely safe, I know you will not venture them. Now I mention my statue, I must beg you will send me a full bill of all my debts to you, which I am sure by this time must be infinite; I beg to know the particulars, that I may pay your brother. Adieu, my dear Sir; take care of yourself, and submit to popery and slavery rather than get colds with sea-heroes7.
102.   To HOKACE MANN.
Arlington Street, Dec. 9, 1742.
I SHALL have quite a partiality for the post of Holland ; it brought me two letters last week, and two more yesterday, of November 20th and 27th ; but I find you have your perpetual headaches—how can you say that you shall tire me with talking of them? you may make me suffer by your pains, but I will hear and insist upon your always telling me of your health. Do you think I only correspond with you to know the posture of the Spaniards or the vpuise-ments of the Princess! I am anxious, too, to know how poor Mr. Whittled does, and Mr. Chute's gout. I shall look upon our sea-captains with as much horror as the King of Naples can, if they bring gouts, fits, and headaches.
You will have had a letter from me by this time, to give up sending the Dominichin by a man-of-war, and to propose its coming in a Dutch ship. I believe that will be safe.
We have had another great day in the House on the army in Flanders, which ihe Opposition were for disbanding; but we carried it by an hundred and twenty. Murray spoke for the first time1, with the greatest applause; Pitt' answered him with all his force and art of language, but on
7 The English fleet was now at Leghorn, and Mann had complained of the fatigues incurred in doing the honours of Florence to the officers.
LETTER 102.—1 He entered Parliament as member for Boronghbridge, Nov. 27, 1742.